ICC T20 World Cup: 'Blank Cheque Ready For PC' If Pakistan Beat India, says Ramiz Raza
On October 24, India will play Pakistan in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 opener at the Dubai International Stadium.
Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has disclosed that if the Babar Azam-led side wins the 2019 T20 World Cup, the PCB will receive a blank cheque. On October 24, India will play Pakistan in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 opener at the Dubai International Stadium.
"PCB runs 50 per cent on the funding of ICC. 90 per cent of funding to ICC comes from India. I'm scared that if India ceased supporting ICC, PCB would crumble because ICC receives no funding from PCB. "I'm hell-bent on making Pakistan cricket great," he says. In a meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, Ramiz Raja was quoted by Cricket Pakistan as saying (IPC) "One powerful investor told me that if Pakistan beats India in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, a blank cheque will be ready for the PCB," he continued.
Following a security notice from the New Zealand government, New Zealand chose to end the tour against Pakistan last month. Teams will not refrain from touring Pakistan, according to the PCB chairman, if the board has strong financial backing. "If our cricket economy is strong, we won't be used and then binned by teams like England and New Zealand," he said. "Best cricket team and best cricket economy are two big challenges," said Ramiz.
In Group 2, India, victors in the inaugural tournament in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will face Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two Round 1 qualifiers. Meanwhile, England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and two Round 1 qualifiers make up Group 1. The ICC Men's T20 World Cup will begin on October 17 in the UAE and Oman, with the final on November 14 in Dubai.